This article has been updated with Arizona State announcing Edwards' hiring and the Monday press conference.
Anderson also said that he wanted the next head coach for ASU football to have previous head coaching experience, and Edwards provides that.
The former National Football League coach is now the 46th head coach of the program and it's also the first time Edwards hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1989, but he made it clear that he's in Tempe to take the program to newer heights as well as evolve young athletes into men. It's a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of Sun Devil Football.
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Edwards, 63, last coached for a team in 2008 - he worked for the Kansas City Chiefs, but was sacked in January of 2009.
Arizona State fired coach Todd Graham Nov. 26 after six seasons in Tempe. Edwards hasn't coached since his dismissal in Kansas City, and he is now an National Football League analyst with ESPN.
Edwards, who will oversee the New Leadership Model, arrives in Tempe with a football legacy that has impacted thousands, whether as a player, coach, analyst, motivational speaker and author, or community advocate and philanthropist.
In the end, it doesn't matter as long as his Sun Devils "play...to win...the game" and make some noise in the Pac-12. "I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach".